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Tribute to Mr Lee Kuan Yew - His Legacy Lives On

Updated on January 26, 2016
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Snapshot of late Mr Lee Kuan Yew's state procession.
Snapshot of late Mr Lee Kuan Yew's state procession. | Source

His Impact on Singapore

Post WWII, late Mr Lee led a group of English educated middle-class men to form the People's Action Party (PAP) and then on started his career in politics. He was a visionary, had plans to develop Singapore from a third world country to a metropolis we see today. During his time, Singapore had little natural resources, little financial capabilities to compete with the rest of the countries in the world. Singapore's only resources are the people and their strong work ethic. When Singapore separated from Malaysia, he was devastated and was doubtful that Singapore is able to survive long. Not giving up, he devised various policies to build Singapore from scratch; the idea of conscription was in his blueprint whereby all abled-bodied males of age 18 are required to service National Service (NS) in either the Singapore Armed Forces, Singapore Police Force or the Singapore Civil Defence Force.

During late Mr Lee's active periods, he forged diplomatic ties with many world leaders, making Singapore known to other big nations; increasing our reputation in the world. He led Singapore out of the WWII trauma, and paved a road for the next generation of Singapore political leaders. Even after his retirement, he continued to serve as an advisory member in the parliament and share his lifelong experience in politics to the younger members of parliament.

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Even from my sick bed, even if you are going to lower me into the grave and I feel something is going wrong, I will get up.

— late Mr Lee Kuan Yew (1923 - 2015)
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Personal Tribute to late Mr Lee

It was 7am on 23 March 2015, I was in camp and I was woken up by a call by my boss. He told me to inform the duty personnel to lower the state flags to half mast. 'Why lower the flags half mast?' I wondered, then a sudden thought struck me. Has Mr Lee Kuan Yew passed away? Indeed, the news was solid and was confirmed by the Prime Minister's Office. My heart sank, an unknown sense of sadness gushed through my body. I sat on my bed, fighting an urge to tear.

I am very fortunate to be born in this current era where there is no war, law and order is properly maintained, and need not worry about the supply for our basic necessities. This is unlike the Singaporeans living in late Mr Lee's times. If you want me to use a single word to describe Mr Lee Kuan Yew, it would be 'Fighter'. Ever since he founded his political party, he has been fighting for Singapore's best interests and welfare; always looking out for opportunities to build Singapore and make Singapore an enduring stronghold internationally.

I am always very impressed with his resolution to make things work. Many people criticise him for being too authoritative and controlling but I thought otherwise. If he did not insist on providing compulsory education for all Singaporeans, would these naysayers be educated enough to sneer at him? Even though many have seen the dominant side of him, some have recounted that he was actually a soft and caring person at heart. Whenever his people come to him for help, he would take their issues into his own hands and solve them one by one.

Judging from the international responses to late Mr Lee Kuan Yew's death, one can tell that he has a great impact not just on Singapore, but also have a significant impact on the world. I am a proud Singaporean. I am honoured to announce to foreigners that I am part of the legacy that Mr Lee Kuan Yew has left behind. Singapore would not have been what it is now, if not for Mr Lee Kuan Yew and I would not be who I am now.

I have spent my life, so much of it, building up this country. There’s nothing more that I need to do.

At the end of the day, what have I got?

A successful Singapore.

What have I given up?

My life.

— late Mr Lee Kuan Yew (1923 - 2015)

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      Dennis Ng 3 years ago

      We'll miss and remember this great man, Mr LKY.

      I didn't go to the Parliament House, but I have my own way of paying respect to LKY, I compose a song specially for the founding father of Singapore.

      Come over to my site (www.dennis-yamaha.blogspot.com)to listen, hope you'll love the song and c ya.

      Best Regards

      Dennis Ng

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